Trademarks and Brands

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .APP, .DEV, .BOATS, .TH, and More

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 15 March, 2018

This update includes news about .APP, .DEV, .BOATS, .TH, .書籍, and .BOT.

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

Australian Brewer Files Trademark Application for the Color of Beer

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 14 March, 2018

There aren't many trademark registrations for colors in Australia, but now a brewing company has filed a trademark application for Pantone 142—an amber color resembling the color of beer—in the category of beer and ale.

The East 9th Brewing Co. uses the phrase "The Colour of Beer" on its beer cans, and, recently, one of its related companies filed a trademark application for the slogan.

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Topics: trademark

Goldman Sachs Sends Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitman Sachs Trademark Infringement Notification

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

US finance company Goldman Sachs has sent a notice to an Indian company that operates Bitman Sachs, a cryptocurrency exchange, claiming that it is infringing intellectual property rights and violating trademark norms, according to The Economic Times.

Bitman Sachs LLP operated a website called The company's founder said: “We are not using Goldman anywhere in our brand name and Sachs is a very common surname in Germany. … So I don't know how this could be an infringement of intellectual property or trademark.” 

The notification sent by Goldman Sachs to Bitman Sachs raised concern about a likelihood of confusion, stating: “The infringing mark is intended for use in connection with related services as those provided by Goldman Sachs. The infringing mark is thus clearly intended to draw an association with your cryptocurrency (business), on the one hand and… Goldman Sachs on the other hand.” 

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Topics: domains, trademark infringement

Trade Association Awarded Damages in Hotel Poaching Case

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 8 March, 2018

A US trade association has been awarded damages in a trademark infringement case against a travel agency that sent unsolicited emails to tradeshow attendees and exhibitors representing that it was affiliated with the tradeshow.

A US district court ordered Tarzango to pay the US Poultry & Egg Association more than $700,000 in damages and attorney’s fees for infringing the trademark of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), an organization that US Poultry partners with to organize its tradeshow.

Tarzango sent unsolicited emails to IPPE exhibitors and attendees advertising hotel accommodations for its annual tradeshow. IPPE had a contract with Experient to manage accommodations for the show.

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Topics: trademarks, trademark infringement

Lucasfilm in Trademark Dispute Over Mobile Game App

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

Do any of you Star Wars’ fans know how Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon?

The answer is: in a game of cards, called Sabacc, against Lando Calrissian. (Specifically, it was a variant of Sabacc called "Corellian Spike," played with a pair of six-sided dice. Thank you, Wookieeepdia.) Website Dork Side of the Force calls Sabacc “a combination of Black Jack and poker, but it’s rules are a bit more complicated.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm says it’s been using the Sabacc name in card games, comic books, theme parks, and more, since it was first introduced on film in 1978. And now, writes The Hollywood Reporter, the company is suing Ren Ventures over a mobile game app based on the card game.

According to Variety, Ren Ventures started selling a mobile game app called Sabacc in 2015 and registered a trademark for the name in international classes 9 (computer game software) and 41 (entertainment services) in August 2016. Then, last December, Lucasfilm challenged the registration by filing a lawsuit against Ren Ventures for trademark and copyright infringement, along with unfair competition.

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Topics: trademark, trademark infringement


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